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Old June 2, 2010, 07:16 AM
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Looking to finally get into the i7 world.

Just got my motherboard and ram in. Went with the ASUS Rampage III Extreme and 3 x 2GB G-Skill Pi (1.5v).

I am thinking about doing some overclocking, but also doing some undervolting as well. I was planning on getting the 930, but with some occasional deals popping up for the older 920, I'm wondering if the 920 will be as good or is the 930 still the better choice.

I've seen people undervolt the 930 and such, and It would be nice to have the extra stock speed.

My main concern is heat for regular use (leaving it on for extended periods of time), but would probably save a overclocking profile for when I need to do gaming. I will be doing some vid capturing and light editing/compressing for youtube with the rig most of the time.

Other parts I'm transfering from my old rig: Enermax Galaxy 1000W, 2x BFG 8800GTX OC'd editions, and a TRUE with Scythe S-Flex 1600RPM. Hoping to swap into a new case - currently using an Antec 1200, and looking to go over to the silverstone fortress 2 (to try out the different air flow and less lights).

Lastly, would getting a 2nd fan on the TRUE help (in a significant way - i.e. more than a degree or two diff) in a push/pull config vs just my current push setup?
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Old June 2, 2010, 07:52 AM
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if your overclocking just wait for a 920 D0 on sale. not sure about the whole push/pull fan thing on that cooler.jmo
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Old June 2, 2010, 09:03 AM
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If it was me I would go with a 930 unless I got a killer deal on a 920 DO.
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If it was me I would go with a 930 unless I got a killer deal on a 920 DO.
yea, so far its $30.00 difference at infonec, so for me its at a marginal where I'd just spend the extra $30. if it was $50, then i'd go for 920, but I see canada computers has changed it to instore purchase only for the 920.
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The 920 DO Chip is a proven beast when it comes to low vCore OC'ability!!! The higher Stock Speeds of the 930 are completely negligible....

I'm not sure what the numbers are like for the 930, but even if the 930 and 920 DO were the same price and go with the 920 DO ;) I mean c'mon...guys hitting 4 Ghz with 1.2v ;)
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If your only doing some mild overclocking such as 20%-25% it doesn't really matter, most intel chip are capable. Just go with what ever is cheaper, on the other hand for mild overclocks and low voltage you have much much better luck if have a I7 930.
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yea, i've read some sites getting 3.8GHz on 1.18v iirc with a 930, but i haven't seen much talk about the 920 running similar speeds on similarly low voltages. So I'm hoping some of you guys here have seen some figures and can link me to them.
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i have the 930 and while i haven't done any oc'ing on it yet i am quite impressed with the performance over my old machine e8400.
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e8400 vs any i7 = the death of c2D
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..well not really...the Wife gets that one !!!
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